Sunday Miscellany

    Sunday, 9.10 - 10am


    Sunday 29th March

    Podcast: Sunday Miscellany 29 March 2015

    New short essays:Still Life a poem by John F. Deane; Dan O’Connell and John Elliott by Christopher Fitzsimon; Fr. Mathew by Colette Sheridan; Moving House a poem by Denise Blake; Changing Times by Pat Dunne; Ile de la Cité a poem by Catherine Phil McCarthy; John McGahern in the Springtime’ by Eamon Maher

    Sunday 22nd March

    Podcast: Sunday Miscellany 22 March 2015

    New short essays: Photographer a poem by John Mac Kenna; The Shooting of the Admiral by Alannah Hopkin; In Praise of Peppa by Declan Collinge; The Wheel of the Wagon by Bernard Farrell; Two Blaneys by Evelyn Conlon; The Tap of the Hammer by Joe O’Toole

    Tuesday 17th March

    Podcast: St. Patrick's Miscellany 17 March 2015

    New short essays: Lá Fhéile Pádraig , a poem by Catherine Phil McCarthy; Hell in Paradise by Joe Kearney; Fiachra an t-ealaíontóir by Art Ó Súilleabháin; The Swan’s Song by Catherine Foley; Questions of Folklore by Alan Titley;Pádraig an Bhéaloidis by Cathal Póirtéir; Hawkflight by Mary O’Malley

    Sunday 15th March

    Podcast: Sunday Miscellany 15 March 2015

    New short essays: The Art of Mothering by Mae Leonard; Opalescence by Vawn Corrigan; Two Bookshops by Evelyn Conlon; The Return from the Pole by Maurice Cashell; Sycamore, a poem by Denise Blake; Pirate Princess Weighs Anchor by Áine Ryan

    Sunday 8th March

    Podcast: Sunday Miscellany 8 March 2015

    New writing, marking International Women’s Day: The Kasbah on Quay Street by Gerard Hanberry; Dream Maker by Hedy Gibbons Lynott; Sacraimint an Phíopa a poem by Catherine Foley; The Two Carlows by Evelyn Conlon; The Fifth Marx Brother by Karl O’Neill; Q Shoes by Fidelma Mahon

    Sunday 1st March

    Podcast: Sunday Miscellany 1 March 2015

    New short essays: Deasghnátha an Earraigh/Rites of Spring, a poem by Declan Collinge: Kafka in Manhattan by Christopher Fitzsimon; The Dragon Slayer by Mae Leonard; Sir William Wilde, Oscar’s Brilliant Father by Gerard Hanberry; An Modh Díreach by Declan Collinge; The Matching of Words by Evelyn Conlon

    Sunday 22nd February

    Podcast: Sunday Miscellany 22 February 2015

    New short essays: New Year in Paris by Mary O’Malley: Anarchic Octogenarian by Áine Ryan; Caving in to Ancient Times by Chuck Kruger; Ghost Buildings by Michael O’Loughlin; The Last Day a poem by Frances Cotter; Back in the Garden by John MacKenna

    Sunday 15th February

    Podcast: Sunday Miscellany 15 February 2015

    New short essays: Mr. Hitler and Connemara by Christopher Fitz-Simon; Going to a Dance at a Girls School a poem by James Harpur; Neighbours by Judith Mok; The Black Donnelly’s of 19th century Canada by Sheelagh Conway; How to Marry a Von Trapp by Andrew McKimm; February 1974: Notes from Boarding School a poem by James Harpur

    Sunday 8th February

    Podcast: Sunday Miscellany 8 February 2015

    New short essays: Dedication by Mary O’Malley; A Sunday Afternoon Walk by Mae Leonard; Two Men Meet on a Bridge by Joe Kearney; Reading my Son by Olive Travers; Live at JJ’s, a poem by Gerard Smyth; Discussing Sufism and Peace in a War Zone by Jack Harte

    Sunday 1st February

    Podcast: Sunday Miscellany 1 February 2015

    New short essays: Brrr! by Chuck Kruger; Portrait of a Ghost by Fidelma Mahon; Amphibean by Mary O’Donnell; The Tale of a Table by Chris Shouldice; The Lost Bookshop by Brendan Daly; Wind Dogs a poem by Chuck Kruger

    Sunday 25th January

    Podcast: Sunday Miscellany 25 January 2015

    New short essays: Encountering John McGahern in the censors’ basement by Jack Harte; The Liffey Ladies Bridges Club by Annette Black; High Summer Gone - a poem by John MacKenna; The Search For Josephine Henrietta McKervey; The Breaking - a poem by Denise Blake; The Nameless Village by Pat Dunne

    Sunday 18th January

    Podcast: Sunday Miscellany 18 January 2015

    New short essays: Pope Francis at 25 to 1 by Cyril Kelly; Light Airs a poem by Eleanor Hooker; Tayto Crisps and Maple Syrup by Denise Blake; Wings over Weston by Andy Jones; Leaving Dover a poem by Gerard Smyth; Coincidence by Judith Mok

    Sunday 11th January

    Podcast: Sunday Miscellany 11 January 2015

    New short essays: January Rises a poem by Nigel Quinlan; Suiting Up by Olive Travers; The Voyage by Patrick Semple; Uileann a poem by Mary O’Malley;The Last Neanderthal by Louise Lyons; An Emigrant’s Trail by Cyril McHale

    Sunday 4th January

    Podcast: Sunday Miscellany 4 January 2015

    New short essays: January, a poem by Declan Collinge; Seamus Murphy- Sculptor by Colette Sheridan; The Image of Brigid by A.M.Cousins; The New Year Resolution by John Allen; Lament for the Cattlejobber’s daughter, a poem Ger Reidy; Istanbul by Roslyn Dee

    Sunday 28th December

    Podcast: Sunday Miscellany 28 December 2014

    New short essays: Forest, Snow, a train a poem by Mary O’Donnell; Graveyard by Catherine Foley; Sheldon Walshe’s Ass by Joe Kearney; Living a poem by Eleanor Hooker; Room, room, room for Mummer’s Rhymes by Olive Travers; Blond Cassidy by Alan Titley

    Thursday 25th December

    Christmas Miscellany 25 December 2014

    Christmas Miscellany - a collaboration with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra. The spoken word pieces were; Foreshore by Donal Ryan; The Queen of Gallilee by Mary O’Malley; Christmas in the Highlands by Nuala Ní Chonchúir; Music of the Spheres by John F. Deane; Return from Antarctica by Ailbhe Ní Ghearbhuigh; The Beaumont Mafia by Anthony Glavin

    Sunday 21st December

    Podcast: Sunday Miscellany 21 December 2014

    Sunday Miscellany Live at Christmas with the RTE Concert Orchestra: The spoken word pieces were: Josie on Grafton Street, Christmas 1961 by Enda Coyle Greene; Up in Smoke by Pat Boran; Enemy, Death and a Christmas Tree by Mary Morrissy; The Happy Ghosts of Christmas Past by John MacKenna

    Sunday 14th December

    Podcast: Sunday Miscellany 14 December 2014

    New Short Essays: The Three Dark Kings by Máiríde Woods; Your Own Front Door by Joe Kearney; Lull/Suaimhneas a poem by Doireann Ní Ghríofa; A Place to Call Home by Adrienne Czerwin Abbott; The Darkest Morning in December by A.M. Cousins; Bosun by Hilary Fannin

    Sunday 7th December

    Podcast: Sunday Miscellany 7 December 2014

    New short essays: Paris, the Pope’s Bed and Dachau by Michael Fewer; Waiting outside Bewleys , a poem by Mary O’Donnell; Athlone Woolen Mills by Gearóid O’Brien; Feliz Navidad in Mexico by Olive Travers; The Stalingrad Madonna by Joe Kearney; Imaginary Ammo by Leo Cullen

    Sunday 30th November

    Podcast: Sunday Miscellany 30 November 2014

    A selection of new writing and music was recorded recently at the Rolling Sun Book Festival in Westport.; In the Shadow of the Eagle by Seán Lysaght; Marine Merlins by Áine Ryan; The Gift- for Eleanor a poem by Ger Reidy; Grace O’Malley- Her Family and Descendents by Anne Chambers; Rain by Hilary Fannin

    Sunday 23rd November

    Podcast: Sunday Miscellany 23 November 2014

    New short essays: Inishmurray by John F. Deane; The Ghosts of Castletown House by Mae Leonard; Poetry and Commerce by Declan Collinge; Listening at the Door by Mary O’Donnell; Song of a Lockjaw by Leo Cullen

    Sunday 16th November

    Podcast: Sunday Miscellany 16 November 2014

    New short essays: The Shadow of the Guillotine by Pat Dunne; Dylan and Caitlin Thomas- A Child’s Perspective by Nerys Williams; Respite by Catherine Foley; Holiday Snaps by John MacKenna; Falling – a poem by Michael O’Loughlin; Up Peig! by Louise Lyons

    Sunday 9th November

    Podcast: Sunday Miscellany 9 November 2014

    New short essays: The Collar, a poem by Moya Cannon; Hedy with inspiration by Cyril McHale; Time Enough by Anne-Marie Kennedy; Mowing the Lawn by John MacKenna; A Viking Memory by Mae Leonard; The Falcon of Bare Ben Bulben by Arnold Horner

    Sunday 2nd November

    Podcast: Sunday Miscellany 2 November 2014

    New short essays: November- Faoi Shamhain, a poem by Doireann Ní Ghríofa; The Nuns ‘Lieutenants’ by A.M.Cousins; Turkish Delight by Terence Halpin; The Little Wriggler by Cyril Kelly; Our Lady of Trim by Pat Dunne; The Shipping Forecast by Henrietta McKervey

    Sunday 26th October

    Podcast: Sunday Miscellany 26 October 2014

    New short essays: Achill Island by John F. Deane; Rome by Catherine Foley; Windows by Mary O’Malley; The Haunted Beach by Mary O’Donnell; The Lost Souls by Declan Collinge

    Sunday 19th October

    Podcast: Sunday Miscellany 19 October 2014

    New short essays: Miracles by Marie Hannigan; Surprised by Something that Stayed the Same by Siobhán McNamara; Stories and Memories by Denise Blake; Antrim Conversation – a poem by Moya Cannon; The Constellations of the Heart by Pat Boran

    Sunday 12th October

    Podcast: Sunday Miscellany 12 October 2014

    New short essays: Bilberry Blossom on Seefin – a poem by Moya Cannon; Kitchen Witch by Alan McMonagle; Letterkenny and World War 1 by Kieran Kelly; Rathmullen Tide – for Francis- by Guy Le Jeune; Ballyhanna – a poem by Winifred McNulty; Patatas de Siembra by Anthony Glavin

    Sunday 5th October

    Podcast: Sunday Miscellany 5 October 2014

    New short essays: The Bells of St Nicholas - a poem by Gerald Dawe; The Queen Elizabeths by Alan Titley; Three Men and a Boat by Gerry Moran; Mapping by Mary O'Malley; Ethel Voynich by Alannah Hopkin; On Patrick Street - a poem by Doireann Ní Ghríofa; Mickey Finn's Air - a poem by Gerald Dawe

    Sunday 28th September

    Podcast: Sunday Miscellany 28 September 2014

    This programme was recorded in the Pavilion Theatre, Dún Laoghaire as part of the recent DLR Mountains to Sea Book Festival 2014.; Contributors were Anthony Glavin; Enda Coyle Green; Liz Nugent; John F Deane and Enda Wyley

    Sunday 21st September

    Podcast: Sunday Miscellany 21 September 2014

    New short essays: This programme marked The All-Ireland Football Championship Finals 2014; Contributions were written and read by Tom Rowley, Olive Travers, Cyril Kelly, Denise Blake and Joe Ó Muircheartaigh.

    Sunday 14th September

    Podcast: Sunday Miscellany 14 September 2014

    New short essays: This programme was made in association with the Cork International Short Story Competition. Written contributions were written and read by Mary Leland, Cónal Creedon, Joe Sweeney, Madeleine Darcy, William Wall and Liadan O’Donovan.

    Sunday 7th September

    Podcast: Sunday Miscellany 7 September 2014

    New short essays: Sandymount High in the 1960s by Phyl Herbert; Forgotten Traditions by Alan Titley; Hurling by Eamon O’Shea (from the programme archive); Adventures with Liam by Gerry Moran; Hurling Front to Western Front by Joe Ó Muircheartaigh

    Sunday 31st August

    Podcast: Sunday Miscellany 31 August 2014

    New short essays: Keep To: Killala Festival by Kate Kerrigan; The Bosom of Sally Hill by Karl O’Neill; Monet Restored - a poem by Cyril Kelly; Practical Rooms and Prefabs by Brian Leyden; In the Listening by Iarla Ó Lionáird; The Lucas Planet No. 33 - in memoriam Seamus Heaney - a poem by John O’Donnell

    Sunday 24th August

    Podcast: Sunday Miscellany 24 August 2014

    A selection of new and archive contributions from Sunday Miscellany: Dublin on a Sunny Morning by Mae Leonard; Prague by Cyril Kelly; House Moves by John MacKenna; Little Brown Jug by Pat Boran; The Orient Express by Roslyn Dee

    Sunday 17th August

    Podcast: Sunday Miscellany 17 August 2014

    A selection of new and archive contributions from Sunday Miscellany: A Hospital in Amsterdam – a poem by Michael O’Loughlin; The Emperor of Ice-cream by Iggy McGovern; Endings by Susan Stairs; King Billy’s Horse by Mae Leonard; Schrodinger’s Cat Entanglement – a poem by Jean O’Brien; Forging a Memory by Cyril Kelly

    Sunday 10th August

    Podcast: Sunday Miscellany 10 August 2014

    The short essays on today’s Sunday Miscellany - marking the Fleadh Ceoil na hÉireann 2014 taking place in Sligo from today until 17 August - were by Brian Leyden, Gregory Daly, Fionnuala Maxwell and Martin Enright and the poems The Leitrim Thrush and McKenna’s Tunes were by Vincent Woods

    Sunday 3rd August

    Podcast: Sunday Miscellany 3 August 2014

    Contributors on this morning’s programme, recorded as part of a Trinity College, National Library of Ireland and RTÉ World War 1 Roadshow, were: Maurice Cashell, Sally Neary, Mary Morrissy, Gerard Smyth, Sabina Purcell and John MacKenna

    Sunday 27th July

    Podcast: Sunday Miscellany 27 July 2014

    New Short essays: City Grass – a poem by Gerard Smyth; Once Upon a Time in the West by Karl O’Neill; Showtime by Roslyn Dee; Shakespeare and Company by Colette Sheridan; Write on the Tip of My Tongue by Sue Norton; The Book Palace on Thomas Street – a poem by Gerard Smyth

    Sunday 20th July

    Podcast: Sunday Miscellay 20 July 2014

    New short essays: Animal Magic by Roslyn Dee; Not a Blaze of Glory by Maurice Cashell; The White Lady by Michael O'Loughlin; The Bingo Bus by Cyril Kelly; Pilgrims by Fidelma Mahon

    Sunday 13th July

    Podcast: Sunday Miscellany 13 July 2014

    New short essays: Fernhill by Ruth O’Connor; Where the Rhododendrons Grew by Pat Dunne; The Boyhood of Raleigh by Declan Collinge; Uncle Jimmy’s Garters by Fidelma Mahon; St Stephen’s - a Speculation – a poem by Moya Cannon; Master Willie by Karl O’Neill

    Sunday 6th July

    Podcast: Sunday Miscellany 6 July 2014

    New Short writing written especially for this programme was contributed by Thomas McCarthy, Michaelle McAdoo, Mathew Sweeny, Dorothy Cross and Michael Coady

    Sunday 29th June

    Podcast: Sunday Miscellany 29 June 2014

    New short essays: Cannibals by Mary O’Malley; A Brush with Royalty by Val O’Donnell; A Hard Day’s Night Fifty Years on by Declan Collinge; Love Letter Received at Boarding School - a poem by James Harpur; Rasto by Michael O’Loughlin; Days on the Deleware by Christina Hunt Mahony

    Sunday 22nd June

    Podcast: Sunday Miscellany 22 June 2014

    New short essays: Freewheeling by Michael O’Loughlin; Fire by Carmel Cummins; Handbags by Katy Hayes; Coming Home for Good by Denis Sampson; The Telegraph by Henry Bacík

    Sunday 15th June

    Podcast: Sunday Miscellany 15 June 2014

    New short essays: Prophetic Dubliners by Val O’Donnell; Boarding School – a poem by James Harpur; Dave by John Lombard; I was Born ‘neath a Wandering Star by Leo Cullen; Happy Birthday Bloomsday by Frances Browner; Arriving at Boarding School – a poem by James Harpur

    Sunday 8th June

    Podcast: Sunday Miscellany 8 June 2014

    New short essays: Support for the Auld Enemy by Val O’Donnell; The Night Dublin Dissected an Elephant by Mary Mulvihill; Telling the Migrant’s Story by Denis Sampson; The National Gallery of Ireland by Evelyn Conlon; Summer Holidays - a poem by James Harpur; Let’s All Cheer like Protestants by Karl O’Neill

    Sunday 1st June

    Podcast: Sunday Miscellany 1 June 2014

    New short essays: Last Revision – a poem by James Harpur; Familial Love by Kate Kerrigan; My Grandmother by John MacKenna; Famous for all the Wrong Reasons by Maurice Cashell; Cruinniú na bhFlúit by Evelyn Conlon; Examination Time – a poem by James Harpur

    Sunday 18th May

    Podcast: Sunday Miscellany 18 May 2014

    New short essays: A Tale of Two Bridges by Mary Mulvihill; May 20th, 1864 by John MacKenna; Later on in Monaghan by Evelyn Conlon; Light (in the Sorrow Field) - a poem by Peter Fallon; The Long Courtship by Andrea Ward; King’s Confessor by Maurice Cashell

    Sunday 11th May

    Podcast: Sunday Miscellany 11 May 2014

    New short essays: On the Waterfront by Karl O’Neill; Cycling in Dublin by Patrick Hull; Let’s Talk about Mary by Evelyn Conlon; The Tree House by Evan Costigan; On Sand Key Beach by Kevin Dawson; Moonbow on Cape Clear Island by Chuck Kruger

    Sunday 4th May

    Podcast: Sunday Miscellany 4 May 2014

    New short essays: The Moon in Our Sky by John MacKenna; Royal Wren – a poem by Cyril Kelly; What about Count Strzelecki? by Evelyn Conlon; Observe the Son of Ulster by Rosyln Dee; Countess Sissi of Austria Éamonn Ó hUallacháin; The Wild Rover by Denis Sampson

    Sunday 27th April

    Podcast: Sunday Miscellany 27 April 2014

    New short essays: The Man Who Never Was – a poem by Peter Fallon; The Man who played Mark Anthony by Karl O’Neill; Invisible Woman by Kate Kerrigan; Enigma by John F Deane; Anniversaries by Evelyn Conlon; A Family Tie – a poem by Peter Fallon

    Sunday 20th April

    Podcast: Easter Sunday Miscellany 20 April 2014

    New short essays: The Good Friday Pictures by Joe Kearney: Time Past by John F Deane; From the archives - Pascal Fire by the late David Sowby - remembering the long time contributor who died recently; No Strings Attached – a poem by Deirdre Cronin; Easter in Florence by Sheila Smith; Sun Dancing by Catherine Ann Cullen

    Sunday 13th April

    Podcast: Sunday Miscellany 13 April 2014

    New short essays: The Night itself – a poem by Peter Fallon; Spacers by Gillian Grattan; April is the Cruellest Month by Cyril Kelly; God’s Music by Chuck Kruger; Memories on a Birthday by Des Kavanagh; Michael Collins’ Hairbrush by Fidelma Mahon

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